Snapper (Red) Fishing in Texas

Snapper (Red) Fishing in Texas

Texas is the frontrunner state of Gulf Red Snapper fishing, and rightfully so. Large Snappers can be caught in waters about 120ft and deeper during summer. The season is open year-round for state waters (up to 10.35 miles offshore), but only for about 10 days in June for federal waters, pending annual federal regulations.

Snappers will move farther offshore (20 to 40 miles out) during colder months, when they can readily be targeted on long trips off Galveston and Freeport, but only by commercial fishermen (due to being in federal waters). This is the time of year when catch share programs are offered to recreational anglers, posing great opportunities to go on a trip for free, catch some Snapper and then buy it back from the unloading facilities afterwards.

Seasonality:
Snapper (Red) fishing in Texas varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to August. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.
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